It seems Barcelona have conceded they’re destined to lose winger Pedro to United any day now as reports suggest the Catalan giants are already lining up a replacement.
The Express notes:
“United are expected to trigger Pedro’s £22million release clause after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward met with his agent over the weekend.
“The Red Devils are keen to land the 28-year-old with record signing Angel Di Maria reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
“And reports in Spain suggest Barca will look to replace Pedro with fellow Spaniard Nolito, who has a release clause of £7.1m at Celta Viga.”
It should come as no surprise that Barcelona are acting swiftly to replace Pedro- even before he’s left- as the Spanish outfit haven’t achieved years of recent dominance by moving slowly in the transfer market. There’s simply been too many reports of Pedro’s imminent arrival at Old Trafford for them to be ignored and it makes sense if Barcelona know the winger is departing, they’d want to line up a useful replacement- and Nolito certainly fits into that category.
Opinion among many fans seems split on just how useful Pedro will be to the United side, as most Reds agree he’ll be a quality addition, there’s still some doubts as to just how talented he is- whether he falls into the ‘Galatico’ category the media and even Louis Van Gaal to a certain extent seem preoccupied with.
Regardless of whether you’re a huge fan, there’s no denying Pedro will be an asset to United – the main question being just how much of an asset.